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Born in Dayton in 1934, Edward Ostendorf graduated in 1957 from the University of Dayton with a bachelor’s degree in arts. At UD, he also met his wife, Catherine DeVol. His career as a graphic artist for religious and educational publications spanned 55 years. Ostendorf also pursued a religious calling, serving as a Roman Catholic deacon at parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and as a chaplain at Warren Correctional Institution in Lebanon, Ohio. During his later years, he painted portraits of biblical figures. He also painted a series of biblical scenes with hidden images. Following Ostendorf’s death in 2009, his wife began donating his works to the University. The Marian Library has 179 pieces of his art, a selection of which makes up this exhibit. This gallery guide shows his illustrations.

Exhibit dates: June 18–Sept. 10, 2013

Curator: Father Johann G. Roten, S.M.

Graphic designer: Ann Zlotnik

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Dayton, OH


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Where Art Meets Religion: A Retrospective (illustrations)



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